Matthew Gratzner made his reputation as the visual effects supervisor on blockbuster movies like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Hugo and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Gratzner continued work on his feature-directing debut Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink, an1890s-set western in production through mid-December.
Gratzner added Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Alison Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) to an eclectic ensemble cast that includes Don Frye, Tanya Clarke and Grainger Hines. Variety reported that Muniz joined the indie production as a deputy with Eastwood on board as a doctor.
Gratzner co-wrote the script with Terry Luce, William Shockley and Dustin Rikert with Jeffery Patterson on board both as lead actor and producer.